Patrick Flynn

How well do biometrics work (should we believe the hype)? How pervasive should the use of biometrics become, given that they are not error free? Biometric identification conjures images of both the best and the worst of human and government behavior—the identity information that would ensure that the ER workers have the proper blood type for you at the hospital could also be used to steal your money. Professor Patrick J. Flynn has been researching the feasibility of image-based biometrics and multi-biometrics since 2001.

As co-director of of Notre Dame’s Computer Vision Research Laboratory, Professor Flynn’s research includes first-of-kind comparisons of face photographs, face thermograms, 3-D face images, iris images, videos of human gait, and even ear and hand shapes. Professor Flynn and his team have assembled the largest database of multi-modal biometrics in the world. Federal agencies have frequently used Professor Flynn’s research and expertise to obtain objective analysis of commercial biometrics technologies. In 2016, Professor Flynn was selected to receive one of five 2016 Technical Achievement Awards from the Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He was recognized for “pioneering techniques for biometric identification and for creating a world-class multi-biometric image database.”

Professor Flynn is the Duda Family Professor of Engineering, professor of computer science and engineering, and concurrent professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, He has received numerous teaching awards from Washington State University and the University of Notre Dame. A native of the Midwest, Professor Flynn obtained his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He is serving as the Director of Notre Dame California in the 2016-2017 academic year. Professor Flynn enjoys playing clarinets and saxophones in various Notre Dame and community bands and has arranged music for Notre Dame’s Clarinet Choir.